, Mexico

Mexican Cooking



Map of mexico and north americaWhen we think of Mexican cooking, tacos are first on our mind. However Mexican recipes are much more diverse than that. Next time you want to have a Mexican taco try changing it a bit by adding different fillings such as fish, turkey or chicken. Shredded pork tacos, black bean tacos or shrimp and avocado are all Mexican cooking at its best.

Some common ingredients in Mexican food are lime juice, corn, cornmeal, flour tortillas, chili peppers, papaya, avocado, pineapple and beans.

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Mexican Food Facts

  • Corn is the major food grown in Mexico
  • Mexico is famous for ice sherbets and drinks such as prickly pear cactus
  • Authentic Mexican and North American Mexican type food is different

Mexico is also Known for Several Famous Things:

  • Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world
  • Mexico has many volcanoes
  • Mexico has frequent earthquakes

Learn a Little Language

Mexico Flag
  • Comer con gusto means Enjoy the meal

  • Buenos dias means good day

  • Por Favor means Please

Mexican Cooking Recipes

Flour Tortillas
These take a little muscle work to roll out but they taste so good they are worth the extra effort.
4 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons oil
1 1/2 Cup warm water
In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir together. Pour in oil and warm water and blend together. Knead several minutes and let sit covered in plastic wrap or in a plastic container with a lid for 30 minutes. Pull off balls of dough and roll out each ball into desired size tortillas. Fry a few minutes on each side in a hot skillet. Prepare your favorite Mexican cooking recipes with your fresh tortillas.
torilla making
See more about making homemade tortillas

Mexican Bean Dip
16 oz. Refried beans mixed with ground beef
Guacamole homemade or store bought
1 Cup sour cream whisked together with taco seasoning mix
Shredded lettuce
Grated cheddar cheese
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped olives
Chopped onions (optional)
Layer in each ingredient in order listed. Serve with tortilla chips.
taco dip


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Authentic Mexican Food



Chicken Enchiladas

2-3 Cup chopped cooked chicken
1 green pepper chopped, optional
Chopped olives, optional
Salsa
8 flour tortillas
Cheddar cheese
1-2 cans red enchilada sauce
1 Cup sour cream
Place chopped cooked chicken in bowl. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese (as much as desired) chopped peppers or chopped olives. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir together. Spoon chicken mixture down center of each tortilla, roll up. Place seam side down in baking dish. Top with enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Try a creamy chicken enchilada recipe.

Taquitos
Brown 1 lb. hamburger with one chopped onion and 1 clove garlic, minced. Drain and add 1 cup salsa, 2 teaspoons chili powder, if desired, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Warm up flour tortillas and place beef mixture and shredded cheese on one end of tortilla wrap up tightly and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. When all tortillas are filled and rolled up brush tops of tortillas with oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. This Mexican cooking recipe should be served with guacamole, sour cream and/or salsa.
taquito

Guacamole
2 avocados
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 chopped tomato or desired amount of salsa
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ Cup sour cream, if desired. Mash avocados and add remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.
guac and salsa
Salsa
Cut up tomatoes diced
Onions however much you want
One can mild green chilies
1-2 Garlic cloves, according to taste
Salt to taste
Use as much ingredients as desired and taste as you go for a quick Mexican cooking salsa.

Cheese Quesadillas
1 cup shredded Mexican or Monterey Jack cheese
1 green onion, minced
1 tablespoon canned chopped green chilies or as much as desired
4 8-inch flour tortillas
On top of one flour tortilla mix cheese, onion and chilies. Scatter over tortilla to the edges. Top with second tortilla. Brush tops with olive oil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees until golden brown. Or fry in a tablespoon of oil in a skillet. Top with sour cream , salsa or tomatoes.
**Make this a chicken quesadillas by adding chopped marinaded chicken with the cheese.
See more quesadilla recipes.


quesadilla

Fajitas
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 Tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoons chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound chicken, or steak, cut into strips
1 onion, sliced
1 red or green bell pepper, cut into strips
Flour tortillas
Guacamole
Salsa
Add lime juice, olive oil, paprika, chili powder and garlic in a plastic ziploc bag or bowl. Add meat cut in strips and allow to marinade 3-4 hours. In skillet add contents of marinade (meat and liquid). Cook several minutes and add in onion slices and pepper strips. Cook until vegetables are tender and meat is cooked through. Serve fajata on a warm tortilla shell and top with guacamole and salsa if desired.


Kids Cooking Video: Simple Mexican Cooking


Empanadas

1 ½ Cup flour
1 Cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 Cup butter, softened
½ Cup milk
1 lb. Ground beef
1 onion chopped
½ Cup shredded cheese
Brown hamburger and onion together in skillet. Season with salt and pepper or other taco seasoning if you choose. Drain and set aside.
Heat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir together and add soft butter. Blend together. Slowly add milk until dough forms a ball. If dough is sticky add more cornmeal. On a floured surface roll out dough and cut 3-4 inch circles with a bottom of a glass or biscuit cutter. Add cheese to the beef mixture. Place 1 teaspoon of beef in each circle. Fold each circle in half and seal edges with a fork. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
This Mexican cooking recipe is very versatile as you can add whatever fillings you desire to change the recipe. Try ham and cheese, pizza toppings or a fruit filling for a non Mexican recipe empanada.
empanadas


Corn and Tomato Side Dish
One can of corn, drained
1-2 tomatoes, diced
1 avocado diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
diced red onion, optional
In serving bowl add corn, tomatoes, avocado, and onion. In measuring cup or bowl add olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper together. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Churros
This Mexican cooking dessert is delicious and kid friendly.
1/2 Cup water
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
pinch of sugar
6 Tablespoons flour
l egg yolk
2 whole eggs
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar
In saucepan heat water, butter and sugar until butter has melted and sugar is dissolved. Add flour and blend together. Turn heat to low and cook continuing to stir until mixture forms a ball. It will be dry enough to leave the pan clean. In a small bowl whisk together eggs and egg yolk. Take off heat and slowly stirring in beaten eggs. Allow to cool and then place in a ziploc bag or pastry bag. (Clip a hole at the corner if using a ziploc bag). Squeeze dough out into long sticks. Fry in hot oil until golden brown and crisp. Place on paper towel to drain. Then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
churros
Baked not Fried Ice Cream
It is still unsure if this is an ethnic Mexican cooking.
3 Cups Cornflakes, crushed
Vanilla ice cream
Place cornflakes in a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet. Scoop vanilla ice cream in small scoops and roll in a ball. Coat with cereal. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Freeze several hours. Before serving broil for 30 seconds to until the cornflakes are light brown.

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